Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mysteries of the Gods (1976)

Hemisphere Pictures
Directed by Charles Romine
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

William Shatner hosts this documentary on "ancient astronauts" as popularized by Erich Von Däniken. The theory goes that mankind made a quantum leap in advancement that cannot be explained by evolution alone, but instead was helped by aliens who gave us the technology we needed to continue to advance. Evidence of this visitation comes from such places as the Plains of Nazca where there are drawings which can only be seen from outer space (and, by the way, the surrounding foothills), a lost city built with huge stones on an isolated island no human could build, a human skull made of crystal smoothed down over hundreds of years, and lets not forget UFOs. Shatner seems genuinely excited by the material, making the film more entertaining than it should be, not to mention his 70s fashion statements.

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